The 2015 offseason has been productive for South Florida’s football teams because of team camps and 7-on-7 tournaments. Many of the teams have players already committed to colleges or on recruiting lists for Division I schools.
Miami Central High School’s nationally-ranked football team has a supporting cast with numerous commitments to Division I schools. They include: Donavon Thomas, committed to Florida International University; Waymon Steed and Navaughn Donaldson, both committed to the University of Miami; Jamel Cook and Keir Thomas, both committed to Florida State University; and Eric Mitchell, committed to the University of Florida.Booker T. Washington High School has gone through some major changes with its coaching staff since spring. Former head coach Tim Harris Jr. became the running backs coach at Florida International University. Three long-time assistant coaches also departed.
In the fall, the school is placed with a very young team. During the summer, the majority of the young prospects made a name for themselves in the recruiting buzz, but none of the players have committed. These players are: quarterbacks Daniel Richardson and Eric Walker; tackles Wila Pierre, Tekai Fuller and Andre Regis; wide receivers Darius Scott and Raymond Flanders; defensive end Jaquan Beaver; defensive tackle Quinton Brooks; and linebackers Marlon Pelote, Robert Hicks and Dedrick Mackley.
For Miami Norland High School, the majority of the players that have committed play defense. In the last two years, the program has produced defensive players ready for the college level.
This year, Norland’s early 2016 recruiting class includes: Emmet Rice, committed to Florida State University; Vosean Joseph and Kaddem Talfort, both committed to the University of Florida; Bryon Brown, committed to Florida International University; and Kion Holder, committed to Kent State University in Ohio.
Out of the schools in South Florida, Miami Carol City High School players have proven to make the most of out of their summer. Two players have already committed early, but there are players breaking the national level with exposure from the 7-on7 tournaments. Stephen “Buckshot” Calvert has committed to Liberty University in Virginia, and David Hood has committed to the University of Toledo in Ohio.
Despite, only two commitments, Carol City has players who have received attention from recruits before the season opener. They include linebacker De’Andre Wilder and wide receivers Steve Newbold, Kevaughn Dingle and Montray Smith.
South Florida hosted plenty of Division I players on different teams. The following football players earned national attention from outlets, such as ESPN and 24/7 Sports:
Miami Senior High School: wide receiver Keyshawn “Pie” Young committed to the University of Miami.
Charles W. Flanagan High School: wide receiver Dredrick Snelson committed to the University of Minnesota; safety Joshua Metellus and linebacker Devin Gill both committed to the University of Michigan; wide receiver Jahcour Pearson committed to Northern Illinois University; and quarterback Kato Nelson committed to the University of Akron in Ohio.
Coconut Creek High School: defensive back Aaron Robinson committed to the University of Florida; defensive back James Pierre committed to the University of Miami; and Malek Young committed to the University of Georgia.
Hallandale High School: quarterback Tyler Huntley and wide receiver Demari Simpkins both committed to the University of Utah.
The official high school season kicked off Aug. 1. There will be more recruiting news to come along during the season.